March 12, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
No. 11 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (9-8, 0-0) vs. Cal State San Bernardino (12-5), 2:00 p.m.
No. 11 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos vs. Bucknell University (6-6), 5:00 p.m.
The Week Ahead
After going 1-1 at home last weekend, the Gauchos will host another pair of teams this Sunday at Campus Pool. UCSB will play Cal State San Bernardino at 2:00 pm, before taking on Bucknell at 5:00 pm.
For The Record
UCSB currently holds a record of 9-8. After suffering their first home loss, the Gauchos are 3-1 at Campus Pool. UCSB ranks as No. 11 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Poll, up one spot from last weeks ranking.
It's Coyote Season
The Gauchos will begin play this Sunday against Cal State San Bernardino, at 2:00pm. The Coyotes are 12-5, and are coming off of a 13-9 home win, against Azusa Pacific. However, the Coyotes have yet to defeat an opponent that is currently ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Poll. The Gauchos are 5-1 in their last six clashes with the Coyotes. Their most recent match was a 17-4 victory, on January 24, 2009, at last season's Lancer Invite.
In their second game of the day, the Gauchos will face Bucknell University at 5:00pm, Bucknell is 6-6, most recently defeating George Washington University, by a score of 11-8. Bucknell also has yet to register a win over a team ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 Poll. Before playing UCSB, the Bison will compete against Cal State San Bernardino at 11:00 am. The Gauchos defeated Bucknell, 11-7, at Campus Pool last season, on March 9, 2009.
After picking up a goal in each game of the weekend, junior Christie Clark continues to lead the Gauchos in scoring. Clark now has a total of 19 goals this season, including three two-goal games, coming against CSU Bakersfield (Jan. 23) and No.11 UC Irvine (Feb. 6 & Feb. 28). With 14 goals each, Shelby Haroldson and Lizzie Rouleau are now tied for second on the team for scoring this season. Haroldson has turned in dual-goals on four different occasions this year, including games against third ranked Cal (1/29), and UC Davis (2/7). This past west weekend, Rouleau recorded her second two-goal match, against Fresno Pacific. Katie Kepner is not only third on the team in goals, with 13, but also leads the Gauchos in assists, with 18. The junior has had three two-goal games and a hat-trick against No.3 Cal (1/29).
Junior Kathryn Nelson continues to lead the Gaucho defense with 26 steals and seven field blocks. Nelson has also picked up nine goals this season. Second in steals is freshman Shelby Haroldson with 22, followed by Christie Clark with 17, and Nancy Ruano with 14. Lizzie Rouleau is second on the team for field blocks with five, while Claire Buchanan and Katie Kepner each have four.
We're Going Streaking
Three Gauchos: Christie Clark. Shelby Haroldson and Kacey Creek are currently amidst scoring streaks. Clark has now scored in five straight games for the Gauchos, including two goals in a win over No.12 UC Irvine (Feb. 28). Shelby Haroldson and Kacey Creek are both amidst three game scoring streaks.
Ruth Milne has recorded a total of 150 saves this season, including a 15-save game against UC Davis (2/7) and multiple 12-save performances. After starting 15 of the Gauchos' 17 games, Milne is averaging 10.7 saves per game, and 7.9 goals against per game. Chelsea Carillo and Sarah Zuziak also saw time this weekend. Carrillo started against Fresno Pacific, and grabbed 5 saves in the victory.
Home is Where the Heart Is
The Gauchos will remain in Santa Barbara for the entire month of March, and the beginning of April. The Gauchos' next games will be at the UCSB Invite, which they will host over the weekend of March 27-28. Following the tournament, UCSB will begin Big West Conference play, when it hosts Long Beach State, on Friday, April 2.